The DA in Limpopo have alleged that Grade 10 and 11 exam papers have been leaked. The party has now called for the Department of Education to investigate the incident.
It was unclear at the time of writing how the DA came to know about the alleged incident and the exact nature of the leak. In the event that the exams are found to have been compromised, it is possible that the department could force learners to re-write the examinations.
Department of Education has no knowledge of the leaks
DA member of the provincial legislature, Jacques Smalle has voiced his concern about the leaking of exam papers in the province. However, the Department of Education says that no leaks of examination papers have been reported.
According to Smalle exam papers for Grade 10 and 11 exams were leaked in the Mopani East and West regions. However, he could not rule out that this was the only districts affected.
“The department sent an electronic version of the back-up exam papers, but this gives no assurances that there were no further leaks as an electronic copy can be distributed easily and is difficult to monitor,” said Smalle.
Smalle has now called on the department to investigate not just the possibility that the paper was leaked but also to do an analysis of results. According to Smalle, the department would need to look for significant changes in results for learners across the province.
What does this mean for learners?
In the event that large discrepancies are found for learners, Smalle has called on the department to institute re-writes to ensure that no learners were beneficiaries of unfair assistance.
“This nonchalant approach from the Limpopo department of education is unacceptable, and incidents like this negatively affect the trust in the department, its systems and more importantly the integrity of the exams,” added Smalle.
The next step for the DA in the province would be to write to the portfolio chairperson on education. Smalle indicated that they would be requesting a full report on this incident and the action that was taken by the department to rectify it.
Speaking to the Citizen, the Education Department spokesperson, Sam Makondo, indicated that while they had not received any reports of impropriety from the districts in question the allegations concerned them.
Makonda said that they would not ignore the allegations and vowed to investigate the allegations that have been levelled at the districts. He added that apart from the allegations which have now surfaced, examinations across the province were proceeding well.